I have written this before so read it here : Disunity Modules under Biro Tatanegara
My take is this. Some of the modules at the BTN camp were historical lessons, but there were a few modules that are unacceptable.
The officers whom were tasked to promote patriotism and unity did not live up to our expectations and thus, contributing to today's criticisms.
The notion and underlying objectives of the course can stay with amendments, but the officers ought to go for unity and patriotism course themselves.
That is all I have to say. Let us talk about Mahathir bin Mohamad. We read that Dr Mahathir and Nazri took swipes at each other over the BTN course.
Nazri in the first place should not have attacked Dr Mahathir. As a Minister in the PM's Dept with the Parliament portfolio, such a high profile position is seen as a "representative" of the sitting Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
As such, bloggers like Apanama2020, Bigdogdotcom and Rockybru stood up to "contain and treat" the matter carefully to avoid a 2nd clash.
It is an open secret that Nazri and Dr Mahathir do not get along, especially during Abdullah Badawi's days as Prime Minister.
The hatchet is so deep that some of us Mahathir supporters feel that Nazri should not remain in the Cabinet of Malaysia as he can be a liability to Najib's efforts.
However, Najib has his ideas on why Nazri is to be retained as Parliament Minister so we should accord him the respect for his wisdom and strategies for now.
As for Mahathir being criticized as Father of Racism, I say Mahathir was not and is not a racist. The definition of a racism is
"Racism is hatred or intolerance of another race or, to struggle for one race by suppressing other races."
I have nothing much to add except to point to you an article I wrote in the past in my respond to Hamish McDonald of Sydney Morning Herald on Malaysia and Mahathir.
Read : Mahathirism
And finally, after browsing through my collection of pictures, I wish to show to the world my encounter with Mahathir bin Mohamad, our Father of Modernisation who is a Statesman for all Malaysians.
This is Mahathir bin Mohamad, Malaysia's former Prime Minister who has never failed to win Elections with 2/3 majority support from the Malays, Chinese, Indians and other races in Malaysia's plural society throughout his 22 years of Premiership.
He is not like what Nazri described him as or any smear tactics by Opposition bloggers.
No one has the right or credibility to summarize Mahathir bin Mohamad's service to the nation or his policies much.
Politicians and policy makers can provide their own judgement but these are all interest groups which lack the credibility.
No one can claim that they know for sure how much Dr Mahathir Mohamad has sacrificed for the country or what kind of a person is Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Only the two closest people to Dr Mahathir Mohamad has the right to share and tell all on our beloved former Prime Minister.
These two people are Tun Dr Siti Hasmah and Marina Mahathir as they are the ones who spent most of their lives supporting and following the steps, policies and political moves of Mahathir bin Mohamad.
I rest my case and let us move on to other pressing issues that affect all such as our ECONOMY, WELFARE, HEALTH and EDUCATION.